Justice League Opens Below Expectations In The US

The newest Warner Bros. superhero movie, Justice League, opened on Friday and it was a big hit, bringing in $96 million in the US and Canada to open at No. 1, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, that figure is below industry predictions of around $110 million. Not only that, but Justice League is now the first of the five DC Extended Universe films to open with less than $100 million in the US. It’s behind Wonder Woman ($103.3 million), Man of Steel ($116.6 million), Suicide Squad ($133.7 million), and Batman v Superman ($166 million).

Despite all of that, $96 million is a huge figure and it’s just one piece of the pie. Justice League made $185.5 million from international markets this weekend, pushing its global haul to $281.5 million after just one weekend. The film reportedly had a $300 million budget.

What’s not great for Justice League is that its reviews landed all over the place, including poor scores. The film received a B-plus CinemaScore rating, which isn’t bad, but also not great. That rating is based on polls of movie-goers.

Justice League has a strong lineup of actors that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Henry Cavill as Superman. Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), and Ciaran Hinds (Steppenwolf) also star in the film.

The No. 2 film of the weekend was Wonder, the drama starring Julia Roberts that made $27.1 million in the Friday-Sunday period. It was only projected to make around $10 million for its opening, so the actual results are quite impressive. The film picked up a very-good A-Plus CinemaScore rating, which suggests second-weekend performance could be strong as well thanks to positive word-of-mouth. From The Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky focuses on a boy with a facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) trying to fit in at school. Roberts plays his mother.

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok came in third this weekend, making another $21.8 million, with Daddy’s Home 2 ($14.8 million) and Murder on the Orient Express ($13.8 million) rounding out the top five.

Below are the Top 10 movies at the US/Canadian box office for November 17-19, as rounded up and compiled by EW.

  1. Justice League — $96 million
  2. Wonder — $27.1 million
  3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8 million
  4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8 million
  5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8 million
  6. The Star — $10 million
  7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9 million
  8. Lady Bird — $2.5 million
  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri — $1.1 million
  10. Jigsaw — $1.1 million

PlayStation’s News This Week Is All About Black Friday Deals and Game Updates

From the highly negative response to the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its quick, but temporary, elimination of microtransactions, this week has had a lot in store not only for the industry as a whole, but on PlayStation’s front as well. This week has meant a plethora of pre-Black Friday sales and retailer ads, as well as a number of updates to fan-favorite titles.

New and Forthcoming Releases

Destiny 2

First Look At The Lighthouse: Take a peek at the new social space that will release alongside Destiny 2’s first expansion The Curse of Osiris.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Launch: Reviews, Release Date, Gameplay Videos, And Everything Else You Need To Know: Star Wars Battle Front 2 is finally out in the open. Don’t know where to jump in? Start here.

PSVR

Two PS4 VR Games Delayed To 2018: The Inpaitent and Bravo Team won’t see the light of day in 2017. Developer Supermassive Games has delayed the two titles into early 2018.

Updates and DLC

Fortnite

The Latest Fortnite Battle Royale Update Is All About Balance: The latest Fortnite Battle Royale update adds the silenced SMG and some weapon balances, and addresses malicious team killers.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

New Ghost Recon: Wildlands Update For Ghost War Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes: An all-new class, maps and more are part of Wildland’s Ghost War mode now.

Overwatch

Overwatch’s Newest Hero, Moira, Is Now Available For Everyone: Overwatch’s 26th hero is out of beta and in the full game. Moira is a primarily a healer, but can alternate with a life-sucking, offensive blow.

Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer DLC Out Now: After a rough beta period and delay, FFXV’s multiplayer expansion is live. It can be purchased for $20 individually, or downloaded via the season pass.

Deals

PlayStation Plus

Free November 2017 PS Plus PS4 Games Are Out On PlayStation Store: November’s seven free titles are available now for PlayStation Plus members. Highlights: Bound, Worms Battlegrounds, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

PS4’s PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Sale Live Early For PS Plus Members: PlayStation Plus members can get their hands on the PlayStation Store’s digital deals a few days early. The sale is live now until November 21.

Black Friday

Amazon Black Friday 2017 Deals Countdown: PC, PS4, Xbox One Bundles Discounted: Hop on before Black Friday to snag yourself a sweet deal on a PSVR or Xbox One S bundle.

PS4 Black Friday 2017 Ad Early Deals: All Of The PlayStation 4 Games, Consoles, And Accessories On Sale: Every deal we’ve seen for PS4 systems, games and accessories all in one place.

Check out the Black Friday deals from the PlayStation Store, Toys R US, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Microsoft, Newegg, Micro Center, and in the UK.

Looking for a specific title? Check out every deal we know about for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Madden 18, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Call of Duty: WWII, NBA 2K18, and Destiny 2.

Top New Games Out This Week On Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, And 3DS – November 19

Every Sunday, New Releases takes a look at some of the hottest games releasing that week, and this time around we have lots of options for gaming on the go. Of course, you could also stay home and play Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV on your PlayStation VR. Alternatively, you can cook up some fun with Battle Chef Brigade, or lay the smackdown on some thugs in River City: Rival Showdown. You can also command all sorts of infantrymen and vehicles in Tiny Metal, or hop behind the driver’s seat of Gear Club Unlimited.

Battle Chef Brigade — November 20

Available on: PC, PS4, Switch

When you think of cooking, you probably don’t picture a half-beat ’em up, half-puzzle game. But that’s exactly how Battle Chef Brigade operates. You have to hunt down your food before you can cook it up–it’s all part of the tournament to join the brigade itself.

Further Reading:

  • Iron Chef in a World of Monsters and Magic

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV — November 21

Available on: PS4

Square Enix’s first crack at VR is a full-fledged game based on Prince Noctis’s favorite hobby. Between all the different lures, rods, and fishing spots, there are plenty of creatures to reel in–and this game definitely doesn’t shy away from boss battles either.

Further Reading:

  • Final Fantasy 15’s VR Fishing Game Is Just As Weird As It Looks
  • Final Fantasy 15’s VR Fishing Game Coming In November

River City: Rival Showdown — November 21

Available on: 3DS

It’s been 25 years since River City Ransom launched, and this 3DS remake is finally coming stateside for another round. Along with new portability come a new art style and multiple endings.

Gear Club Unlimited — November 21

Available on: Switch

Nintendo Switch gets its first sim-style racing game this week. Between all the famous cars and 400 tracks to race them across, you have plenty of room to floor it. Four-player local split-screen races and online leaderboards ain’t too shabby either.

Further Reading:

  • Nintendo Switch’s First Sim-Style Racer, Gear Club Unlimited, Offers Something Different From Mario Kart 8

Tiny Metal — November 21

Available on: PC, PS4, Switch

If you’ve been itching for a new Advance Wars game, Tiny Metal is the next best thing. You’ve got tons of troops to command across a tile-based board, and a character-driven campaign to conquer along the way. It’s not the size of the metal–it’s how you use it.

Assassin’s Creed Origins Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

It’s almost Black Friday. The annual shopping bonanza is coming up this Friday, November 25, and there are going to be quite a lot of video game deals to be had. One game marked down nicely is Ubisoft’s newly released Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The ambitious, open-world game set in Ancient Egypt launched on October 27 behind a mostly positive critical reception. Best Buy and Target will have the title for only $35 on Black Friday, while Toys R Us will offer the game for $40. Meanwhile, GameStop will offer a discount on the game + Season Pass, cutting it down to $70.

While you have to wait until Black Friday for those deals, the Xbox and PlayStation Stores are selling Origins right now for only $42. If you’re OK without a disc and want to play right now, that’s a nice option to have.

GameSpot’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins review scored the game a 7/10. Reviewer Alessandro Fillari said the game reaches new heights in its Egypt setting, but unfortunately, the game “routinely runs into issues that bog down the overall experience.” You can read our full review here.

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A new Origins update released last week squashed some bugs and made other tweaks to the experience; here are the patch notes.

You can check out a complete list of Assassin’s Creed: Origins deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We’ll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • $35 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)
  • $42 (PlayStation/Xbox digital store)
  • $70 (for the game and season pass; GameStop)

Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • All The PS4 Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals
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  • All The Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals
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  • Toys R Us Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
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  • Xbox Live Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
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  • Newegg Black Friday 2017 PC Hardware Deals
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Madden 18 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Black Friday is right around the corner. One of this year’s biggest sports games, Madden NFL 18, is among the titles that will be on sale. Now that some of the big retailers have revealed their flyers for Black Friday, we know how much you’ll be able to get it for.

Best Buy, Target, and Toys R Us will have the pro football game for half off, dropping it down to just $30. GameStop has an even sweeter deal, offering the game for only $27.

If you don’t want to wait until Black Friday and are OK without a disc, both the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store currently have Madden NFL 18 for only $30.

GameSpot’s Madden 18 review scored the game a 9/10. We praised its use of the Frostbite engine to allow for “new levels of realism,” while the game’s single-player story mode, Longshot, also received a lot of praise. You can read our full review here.

You can check out a complete list of Madden NFL 18 deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We’ll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

Madden NFL 18 Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • $27 (GameStop)
  • $30 (Best Buy/Toys R Us/Target)
  • $30 (Xbox Store/PlayStation Store)

Black Friday 2017 Deals

  • All The PS4 Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals
  • All The Xbox One Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals
  • All The Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals
  • GameStop Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Target Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Walmart Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Toys R Us Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Microsoft Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Xbox Live Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Best Buy Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals
  • Target Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals
  • Walmart Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals
  • Newegg Black Friday 2017 PC Hardware Deals
  • Micro Center Black Friday 2017 PC Hardware Deals

Let’s Play Resident Evil 7 Part 2 – Resident Kinevil

Resident Kinevil is many things. It’s a thrill ride. It’s a buddy cop drama. It’s the tragedy of a friendship shattered and put back together again, all in the name of anti-bioterrorism.

But on this episode, things actually get kind of scary. We won’t spoil anything for you, but this may be the least composed Mike has ever been over the course of seven seasons. Be sure to make fun of him at your earliest convenience.

For more like the video above, catch up on Resident Kinevil, in which Mike Mahardy and former GameSpotter Mary Kish make their way through every numbered Resident Evil game. You can watch it on the show’s GameSpot page, or here on its YouTube channel.

GameSpot’s Extra Life Giveaway

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The Punisher Review Roundup: What Do Critics Think Of Netflix’s Latest Marvel Show?

The latest entry in Netflix’s Marvel universe has been released. The Punisher follows Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) as he seeks out vigilante justice, after being introduced in the second season of Daredevil.

What to critics think of the new series, though? GameSpot has rounded up a variety of reviews from critics, some who loved it and some who definitely didn’t. The show currently sits with a score of 54 on GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic, where you can see even more reviews.

  • Show: Marvel’s The Punisher
  • Release Date: November 14 on Netflix
  • Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, and Deborah Ann Woll
  • Length: 13 episodes

GameSpot

The Punisher is grounded in the way that Jessica Jones and Daredevil’s first season were; these aren’t superhumans or gods, and there’s no magic or alternate dimensions. There’s not even a shadowy organization pulling the strings behind the scenes, waiting to be unmasked and defeated in an epic team-up (at least, not in the first six episodes). There’s only Frank, and the military, CIA, and other government operatives who screwed him over and murdered his family.” — Mike Rougeau [Full review]

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Variety

“Thanks to Jon Berthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, The Punisher approaches the high points of Marvel’s Jessica Jones by introducing a damaged, deadly character and telling his story as one piece of an unjust whole.” — Sonia Saraiya [Full Review]

New York Times

“The action picks up as the season progresses, but The Punisher never quite gets in touch with the visceral roots of its material, something that all of the other Netflix-Marvel series do, no matter how much they distance themselves from their comic-book sources.” — Mike Hale [Full review]

LA Times

“The show’s greatest hurdle may be the worn nerves of TV audiences who have learned how and when to shield themselves from the on-screen violence–fictional or real. Preserving one’s sanity requires strategic bouts of dulling the senses. For The Punisher to make any sort of lasting impact after its association with one of the worst mass shootings in American history, it would have to be a masterpiece. And it’s not.” — Lorraine Ali [Full review]

AV Club

“Although The Punisher could be the most ambitious of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, with its unflinching exploration of grief, anger, and trauma, the series still feels awfully up in the air at the midseason mark.” — Danette Chavez [Full review]

Salon

“A love for skull-pounding action flicks should be a prerequisite for enjoying The Punisher, but even those who count ourselves in that group may find it tests our limits in the same way any hero who solves problems strictly by punching through them eventually does.” — Melanie McFarland [Full review]

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The Hollywood Reporter

“With the exception of The Defenders, which was always announced as a miniseries, each and every one of the Marvel/Netflix shows has been 13 episodes and they’ve all had comparable lags in pacing and stumbles in storytelling to reach that number. But Marvel’s The Punisher is the first one that feels at least twice the length it should be.” — Daniel Fienberg [Full review]

Uproxx

“At times it almost seems as if the creative team’s heart isn’t in the grim-n-gritty of it all, and we’ll get stretches of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-style buddy comedy where Micro’s chatty, neurotic ways get on Frank’s nerves, while Micro is stunned by how casually Frank kills people.” — Alan Sepinwall [Full review]

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransactions Removed (Temporarily)! – GS News Roundup

Happy Friday! Join Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd on GameSpot News where we can hopefully wrap up all remaining microtransaction news for the week and year (probably not going to happen)! Here’s what we discuss in today’s episode:

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransaction Mania!

Oh boy, it’s been a huge week of drama for EA, as the internet became completely outraged over the way microtransactions were implemented in Star Wars Battlefront 2. There were responses from developers, major changes to the game, but none of these actions seemed to quell the fire. We chat about the whole debacle in today’s episode.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Is A Game Of The Year Nominee, But Creator Doesn’t Want It

Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, seems like a genuinely nice guy! Even though he’s the main brain behind 2017’s massive multiplayer battle royale sensation, he recently responded to some Game of the Year nominations in a very courteous and humble way. We discuss the responses and some of the games he’s going up against.

Russia Uses Game Screenshot To Try And Prove USA Is Cooperating With ISIS

Well this is a weird one to close it out. This week, the Russian Ministry of Defence’s official Twitter account posted an image which claimed it had “irrefutable” evidence of US collusion with Islamic State. You’ll never guess what happened next (you will)!

Thanks for joining us this week on GameSpot News. Keep the conversation going by letting us know what you thought about today’s news, and have a great weekend! For more on today’s stories, you can also visit the links below:

  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 Dev Is “Incredibly Saddened” About The Game’s Negative Feedback
  • All The 2017 Game Awards Nominees
  • Russia Used Game Screenshot To Try To Prove That US Is Cooperating With ISIS

New Sea Of Thieves Invites You To “Be More Pirate”

A new trailer for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One and PC pirate game Sea of Thieves has landed. The trailer invites players to “be more pirate” by showing off things like stealing treasure and drinking grog without throwing up. You know, be more pirate.

This video also provides a closer look at the game’s nice-looking art style and gorgeous water, in particular.

Sea of Thieves was originally slated to launch for Xbox One and PC at some point this year, but at E3 2017 Microsoft announced the title would be pushed back into 2018. Developer Rare has confirmed that the game will allow cross-play between Xbox and PC players. The developer also added 540p and 15 FPS lock options to the PC version.

In other news, a Sea of Thieves art book from Dark Horse is on the way. Additionally, you can watch us drink a little too much in Sea of Thieves in this gameplay video.